Gourmet Escape

Last weekend saw the best of the best in food and wine come together for the Gourmet Escape in Western Australia’s South West. From Busselton to Augusta, 50 events took place over the three day festival.

I was lucky enough to perform at two of the events this year.

The first of which was The Godfather Dinner at the beautiful Vasse Felix winery which saw Marco Pierre White in a Q&A hosted by Joanna Savill over dinner with Head Chef Aaron Carr and Marco’s alumni Jock Zonfrillo (Orana and Street-ADL, Adelaide), Richard Turner (Hawksmoor, London) and Spencer Patrick (Harrison’s, Port Douglas).

The second event I performed at with pianist Tommaso Pollio was held at one the South West’s most prestigious private gardens, the Margaret Rivers’ Secret Garden. Guests enjoyed exclusive access to the gardens and sat amongst the flowering crab apple trees, iris and roses for a long table lunch prepared by No. 23 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, Vladimir Mukhin (White Rabbit, Moscow) and local chef, George Cooper from Food by the Chef, matched to a selection of Moss Wood wines.

Telethon 2015

It was a great pleasure to perform with the incredible Tommaso Pollio on Telethon over the weekend. This year Telethon raised a record breaking $25.9 million!

Here is my performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I hope you enjoy! xx

First Comes Love Wedding Fair

This coming Sunday I will be performing at the First Comes Love Fair at the MosArts Centre in Mosman Park. http://firstcomeslove.com.au. Come on down for all your wedding day inspiration and for your chance to win a lux pre-wedding dinner for your nearest and dearest! The shoot we did for the fair was also featured in White Magazine this month. Check out the link below for more details.

https://whitemag.com/inspiration/first-comes-love/

Simply fill in an entry form at the door for “Winner winner chicken dinner”. This fabulous prize includes a fully catered 4 course dinner, with a guest appearance from The Perth Soprano and Dolce Ensembles. This amazing prize also includes a pre-dinner photo shoot, with a make-over from Eloquential bride and make-up artist Em Formilla.

Businesses involved in this giveaway include;

Photography: Jen Regan Weddings

Catering: A Moveable Feast

Stylist: Flights of Fancy

Tableware: The Vintage Table Perth

Florals: Some Kind of Wonderful

Desert: Verlena Cakes

Invitations/Menu: Mitchell and Dent

Entertainment: The Perth Soprano and Dolce Ensembles String Quartet

Hair: Eloquential bride

Make-up: Em Formilla

Five Bar Benefit

Last week I had the pleasure of performing at the Five Senses Benefit at FIVE BAR in Mount Lawley. The event was to raise funds for CORD and awareness of Spinal Cord Injury in Western Australia. The evening brought together Perth creatives and small businesses, creating a sensory experience for the 60 VIP guests.

Guests were treated to an eight-course degustation dining experience by FIVE BAR’s extraordinary chef, sommelier and mixologist. Each course was matched with fine wine from Stormflower Winery, a Mariposa Perfumery’s fragrance and a change in ambience through music, lighting and assorted entertainment.

In-between each course Serbian pianist, Mladen Petrovic and myself performed music which evoked the mood of the course. Songs included jazz classics Embraceable you and classical pieces such as Ave Maria (Caccini) and O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini).

We also accompanied a fashion parade modelled by Chadwick models parading clothes from Perth designers; Lulu & I, One Fell Swoop, Empire Rose, Infamous friends, and Zomp.

Congratulations to Marco Octaviano for co-ordinating this fabulous event. It was wonderful to be a part of.

Check out the CORD website for further details on upcoming events.

https://www.facebook.com/CordPerth?fref=tsp

Em xx

The Perth Soprano in Colourful Penang

Last week I had the most incredible time in Penang attending two of my dearest friends wedding. I had the great honour of being asked to be the Brides Maid of Honour and also to sing. The wedding took place at Georgetown’s stunning boutique hotel, Seven Terraces. (If you are ever staying in Penang, I can highly recommend it!) The incredibly helpful manager of the hotel (incidently a former opera singer) introduced me to the hotels locally trained pianist Jason Chua, who performs for the hotel restaurant Kebaya. We rehearsed during the week and performed O Mio Babbino Caro for the wedding party. After the service the wedding party did a procession through the streets of Georgetown, followed by a dinner party in the Seven Terrace’s restaurant, and a dance-off on the dance floor by the pool. Georgetown has so much charm and there are so many hidden gems to be discovered. Hawker markets, hidden bars, Street Art on every corner, amazing colonial architecture, temples and a buzzing atmosphere all brought the senses alive! I can’t wait to get back to Penang and to discover more of its treasures. Congratulations to Anna and Curtis. It was a stunning wedding with so many beautiful, special touches. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. Em xx

The Perth Collective Blog

About a month ago I met an inspiring lady who had recently created a company called The Perth Collective – A platform for Perth women in small business. The Perth Collective has grown at rapid speeds with over 10’000 followers on Instagram in just over 9 weeks.

Nikki is running workshops on how to build your brand, coaches on social media marketing and aims to continue building a strong platform for WA women in creative industries.

If you are a small creative business in Perth, head on over to theperthcollective.com to see how Nikki can help you reach your full potential.

Thank you for your recent post on The Perth Soprano Nikki!

http://theperthcollective.com/2015/07/08/emma/

Love Em x

WAAPA’s International Art Song Academy

Last week I took part in WAAPA’s International Art Song Academy. The participants were coached by world reknowned Art Song expert, Dr Graham Johnson and vocal coach, Mary King.

Eighteen singers and two pianists from around Australia, prepared various lieder of Schumann and Schubert, culminating in a performance at Government House Ballroom. Over the week we covered Schumann lieder from his formative years, right up to his last song cycle. We explored one of his most famous cycles, Frauen Lieben und Leben as well as some of his lesser known cycles such as Wihelm Meister Gesangen. Graham spoke in great depth about Schumann’s influences and the social circumstances surrounding each composition, as well as the stylistic choices one is faced with when performing his works.

On Sunday afternoon we had the honor of being accompanied by Graham Johnson himself, performing highlights of the weeks workshops at Government House Ballroom.

During the week we also had seven masterclasses with British vocal coach, Mary King. Mary is well known for her appearance as a coach on BBC’s Operatunity and as a guest commentator on Cardiffs Singer of the World. Mary worked on each individual piece with a focus on dramatic intension and vocal production. Her passion for performance was infectious and her knowledge of the repertoire vast. We all gained a lot from work-shopping our arias and equally by watching each other learn.

It was a wonderful opportunity to be a part of WIASA this year and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into learning some more Schumann for my next recital. I urge any singer in Australia who is passionate about Art Song to come and be a part of WIASA 2016.

Happy music making!

Em xx

Mozart, a Library and a Blonde

Hello everyone!

This week has been a busy week full to the brim with live music!

On Wednesday morning I went to His Majesty’s theatre to see the West Australian Opera Morning Melodies concert. The show was directed by Brendan Hanson, with musical direction from David Wickham, and starred four talented singers; Lucy Mervik, Ileana Rinaldi, Richard Nigel and Sam Roberts-Smith. The program included arias and ensembles from Mozart operas including Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote and Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide. Hanson linked the pieces together with cleverly scripted spoken dialogue and the performers delighted a packed house with renditions of everyones favourite Mozart masterpieces.

In the evening I went to see the Australian Chamber Orchestra perform at the Perth Concert Hall. The ACO were led by the infectiously passionate Richard Egarr, who conducted and directed from the keyboard, as well as giving fascinating insights into the works they performed. With the magnificent Satu Vänskä on lead violin, the ACO took us on an adventure through time with the music of Purcell, Lawes, Bach and Haydn. I was truly blown away by the skill and energy they displayed. Every member of the ensemble looked like they were having the BEST time up on stage! It was so exciting to watch and be a part of it.

I was also lucky enough to scrounge a coveted ticket for the WAAPA production of Legally Blonde on Thursday night. I had heard so many positive reports about how amazing the show was, I was determined to get myself a seat! And boy am I glad I did. There was so much talent on the stage, and show stopping performances one after the next. (I haven’t been able to get Oh My God out of my head since….some of those songs are super catchy!) WAAPA is certainly doing a wonderful job of training the next generation of musical theatre performers and it’s international recognition is well justified.

On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of performing with four talented musicians at a Music Amica concert. Sam Roberts-Smith, Harriet Marshall, Tommaso Pollio and I performed a range of music from operas and musicals including; The Marriage of Figaro, Mefistofele, Hamlet and Oklahoma. The audience were also lucky enough to witness the phenomenal talent of pianist Shuan Hern (Fremantle Eisteddfod 2015 open solo winner) who played Chopin, Liszt and Balakirev. The audience went absolutely nuts after his rendition of Liszts Tarantella!

To celebrate World Music Day, I was asked by West Australian Opera to take part in a community outreach concert at the Subiaco Library. WAO’s wonderful education and outreach co-ordinator, Terasa Letizia, gave an engaging speech about the evolution of opera around the globe interspersed with music. Lochlan Brown and I performed four arias from four different operas; Deh vieni non tardar Le Nozze di Figaro, Je Veux Vivre Romeo et Juliette, Mein Herr Marquis Die Fledermaus, and Vilja’s Lied The Merry Widow. It was great to see so many familiar faces from the WA Opera Lovers, new faces who wanted to learn more about the art form and young aspiring singers. Who would have thought singing in a library could be so much fun?…

Until next time music lovers….

Em xx

Oklahoma at the Regal Theatre

Hello Everyone,

I’m delighted to be playing the role of Laurey Williams in Oklahoma at the Regal Theatre  this coming September. Last week we had a really fun day out at Baldivis Equestrian and Pony Club shooting the publicity shots and promotional video. Thanks to the team at Baldivis Pony Club for making us feel so welcome!

The Music Theatre Company of West Australia (MUSAE) has brought together an all West Australian cast including Brendan Hanson as Curly, Ian Cross as Judd, Alinta Carroll as Aunt Eller and Igor Sas as Ali Hakim. We are lucky enough to be directed by award winning stage director, Adam Mitchell and under the musical direction of Ian Westrip.

Oklahoma is a show full of toe-tapping tunes such as Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Many a New Day and many more! It’s a wonderful piece of theatre and the perfect musical to bring the whole family to. So get your tickets now!

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Em xx

Oklahoma opens Friday 18th– Saturday 26th September at the Regal Theatre, Subiaco.

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=OKLAHOMA15&v=REP

A Week in the Life of a Soprano

Hello again music lovers! Thanks for joining me.

On Sunday of last week, I was lucky enough to attend a Swan Songs Recital at the Perth Town Hall, featuring one of Australia’s favourite sopranos, Cheryl Barker and David Wickham on the piano. They presented a varied programme of Schumann, Schubert, Strauss, Puccini and Britten. We were also treated to hearing WASO’s Principal clarinet player, Allan Meyer, playing exquisitely in Der Hirt aug dem Felsen (Shepherd on a rock). Barker was right at home with the Puccini songs and transfixed us all with her presentation of Britten’s Cabaret songs. The next Swan Songs recital will feature Perth’s own James Clayton singing Schubert’s Die Winterreise on Sunday 28th June at 3pm, again in the Perth Town Hall. This will be one not to miss!

Today has also been a busy day full of music. This morning I performed with the ensemble Lux et Veritas under the musical direction of Jangoo Chapkhana. Jangoo chose some excellent (and challenging) music to present at the service including music of Stanford, Joubert, Leighton, and C. Wood. It was great to be introduced to these works and sing with such a diverse and talented bunch of musicians.

This afternoon I conducted the St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls Chorale at the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at St George’s Cathedral. At the service, the Honourable Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia, addressed the role of Magna Carta in the history, constitution, and rule of law in Australia. I have been preparing the St Hilda’s Chorale for this service for about eight weeks now and the girls really rose to the occasion. We were fortunate enough to have world-renowned organist, Joseph Nolan playing for us which may have helped somewhat…!

All in all, it’s been a productive and satisfying week of music making.

Have a wonderful week everyone. May it be filled with music!

Em xx